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Defamation, SLAPP suits, and the Internet Age

January 13th, 2012 by Paula Boutis and Tim Petrou

The Internet represents a communications revolution. It makes instantaneous global communication available cheaply to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. It enables individuals, institutions, and companies to communicate with a potentially vast global audience. It is a medium which does not respect geographical boundaries. Concomitant with the utopian possibility of creating virtual communities, enabling aspects of identity to be explored, and heralding a new and global age of free speech and democracy, the Internet is also potentially a medium of virtually limitless international defamation [emphasis added]. 1

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  1. Matthew Collins, The Law of Defamation and the Internet (Oxford University Press, 2001), at para. 24.02